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To all Math lovers - Petition for implementation of LaTeX in Facebook

  1. Jun 16, 2013 #1
    I know this isn't the appropriate place to post this, but I just couldn't stop myself after hearing something this big (to me atleast!)! I urge you to read through the following carefully:-

    There is currently an online petition at Change.org for the implementation of LaTeX in Facebook! For those who don't know what LaTeX is, it's a document markup language-cum-preparation system, that renders mathematical equations beautifully, with the use of simple tags (similar to the ones in HTML).

    How beautiful? Well, remember how beautiful the math equations are displayed on Wikipedia? On most math/physics forums, including our PhysicsForums? Just check out some of the posts made by the Mentors here, and you'll see that almost all mathematical posts are rendered beautifully! this wouldn't be possible without LaTeX. Imagine if that were possible in Facebook as well? How much more social could science get? Haven't you ever felt the limitation of not being able to discuss elegant problems with your friends there, for the lack of an equation editor? And what about problems that involved even more serious math, that is almost impossible to present, with the current system there? It would all be so much easier (as opposed to the current "limitless parantheses & odd symbols system") to communicate our scientific thoughts , not just puzzles and curiosities, but serious math-based science, with the implementation of LaTeX!

    So, I request the science lovers here to sign this online petition (link at the bottom) for the sake of a more social science exposition, and for beautiful equations! It only takes a minute to sign, and please share the message to your science buddies here, as well as on Facebook, as well. Together, there's hope for a more math-oriented Facebook! :)

    And apologies, if anyone has felt that I posted out of context. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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  3. Jun 16, 2013 #2


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    The percent of FB members that would use this is almost nil, but good luck.
  4. Jun 17, 2013 #3


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    What is a facebook?

    Seriously, who uses facebook for math discussions?
  5. Jun 17, 2013 #4


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    Every time I read "FB" I think it's referring to the Fruit Bat.

  6. Jun 17, 2013 #5
    Yeah, you'd be better off trying to petition for a breathalyzer app, which would be more relevant to the lives of the average FB'er.
  7. Jun 17, 2013 #6


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    OMG! And it wouldn't let you drunk-post in the middle of the night?! BRILLIANT!

    Also, let me know when there's a petition going around to just shut down Facebook. Even as a shareholder, I'd support it.
  8. Jun 17, 2013 #7
    I guess I was being naive. Hardly anyone uses FB for discussing math. Just thought it'd be cool though.
  9. Jun 17, 2013 #8
    Right you are. Found this out the hard way. :biggrin:

    Quite embarrassing, but I actually do. :redface: It's where I try to knock some math sense to my non-math friends.
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    Well, you know the saying, "nothing ventured, nothing gained". At least you had an intelligent idea, unfortunately the majority of FB users don't embrace intelligent ideas.
  11. Jun 17, 2013 #10
    booooo facebook :D
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    First time I have ever seen these two things said in the same sentence. (I know I cut off a "don't" in the sentence but still :P )
  13. Jun 17, 2013 #12


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  14. Jun 18, 2013 #13
    Now google+ on the other hand...
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    Would be cool but I doubt it will happen.

    I'm all for it though.

    Good luck.
  16. Jun 18, 2013 #15


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    No Facebook means no PF Junkies. We'll see where you all stand the next time PF goes down for an extended period of time.

    Not embarrassing at all. I've done it many times. However, the need for LaTeX usually means what you're communicating is probably something non-math people aren't going to be able to follow anyway. As imprecise as English is, it's done well enough for Facebook topics.
  17. Jun 18, 2013 #16
    Btw - what the heck is that "facebook" thing you're talking about? :biggrin:
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